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Wetbutt23 and KatyPerrysBootyHole: The Reddit users who scooped the baseball world in Quintana-to-Cubs trade

Wetbutt23 and KatyPerrysBootyHole: The Reddit users who scooped the baseball world in Quintana-to-Cubs trade

Wednesday night around 9 p.m., a rumor, just like any other run-of-the-mill rumor, started climbing on the front page of the White Sox subreddit.

User KatyPerrysBootyHole posted this cryptic message “Hey, take this with a grain of salt, but I heard from a friend who’s brothers [sic] friend works for the cubs (sounds like bulls**t I know), that Q is going to the cubs in exchange for 4 players. Has anyone heard anything similar?”

Not surprisingly, many Redditors expressed their disbelief with comments like, “Highly doubtful,” “No way it’s this far along, the Cubs aren’t even being spoken of as contenders for Q right now,” and “This is a bluff. Hahn and Theo are working together to get Brinson out of Milwaukee. Oldest trick in the book…  source: my GUT.”

But then, KatyPerrysBootyHole’s source, wetbutt23 joined the thread to confirm. “4 prospects. No pros. Players were meeting with doctors and will be official tonight or tomorrow.”

Redditors pushed him for details, and asked for some support to his credibility. All the community got in return was this, “I was just told that the trade was agreed to this morning. And the players were doing physicals and what not. Could have been before game, I am not 100% on the timeline of the physicals… There is no need for credibility of the interweb!! Haha I don’t know what I can even provide. Someone told me something, I took it for what it was worth.”

The White Sox subreddit debated into the early morning whether or not wetbutt23 could be believed, but when the news of the trade became official, people changed their tunes:

“wetbutt23… you are my new oracle.”

“I have no other choice but to believe wetbutt is Theo Epstein.”

“wetbutt23 is Rick Hahn and he’s placing trade rumors in various MLB subreddits…”

And perhaps the most true comment of them all, “Always have faith in Katy Perry’s Butthole, guise [sic]. Always.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

27-year-old Justin Jirschele made quite an impression in his first season as manager of the White Sox Class-A affiliate in Kannapolis. He helped lead the Intimidators to the South Atlantic League championship, and was named White Sox Minor League Coach of the Year. Jirschele came on the podcast to speak with Chuck Garfien about how he went from playing minor league baseball with the White Sox to coaching in their system. He talks about how growing up with a dad who was coaching minor league baseball helped mold him as a manager who is wise beyond his years. Jirschele also gives a report on some of the top White Sox prospects he managed last season such as Jake Burger, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Miker Adolfo.

After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

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After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

The White Sox farm system is baseball's best, according to one of the people making those rankings.

In the wake of Major League Baseball's punishment of the Atlanta Braves for breaking rules regarding the signing of international players — which included the removal of 12 illegally signed prospects from the Braves' organization — MLB.com's Jim Callis tweeted out his updated top 10, and the White Sox are back in first place.

Now obviously there are circumstances that weakened the Braves' system, allowing the White Sox to look stronger by comparison. But this is still an impressive thing considering that three of the White Sox highest-rated prospects from the past year are now full-time big leaguers.

Yoan Moncada used to be baseball's No. 1 prospect, and pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez weren't too far behind. That trio helped bolster the highly ranked White Sox system. Without them, despite plenty of other highly touted prospects, common sense would say that the White Sox would slide down the rankings.

But the White Sox still being capable of having baseball's top-ranked system is a testament to the organizational depth Rick Hahn has built in such a short period of time.

While prospect rankings are sure to be refreshed throughout the offseason, here's how MLB Pipeline's rankings look right now in regards to the White Sox:

4. Eloy Jimenez
9. Michael Kopech
22. Luis Robert
39. Blake Rutherford
57. Dylan Cease
90. Alec Hansen